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Chad: Peace Keeping Operations

Volume 461: debated on Monday 18 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the UK has made (a) unilaterally and (b) multilaterally through the (i) UN and (ii) EU to encourage Chad to allow international peacekeeping troops to deploy along its common border with Sudan. (143229)

Officials from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and our high commission in Yaounde (which represents our interests in Chad) visit Chad regularly, most recently at the beginning of June, and raise the issue of UN deployment. A UK delegation, including the UK Ambassador-at-Large for the Sudanese Peace Process, visited N'Djamena in February. The delegation met the Chadian Foreign Minister and senior officials of the Government of Chad and took the opportunity to impress on them the need for Chad to accept a UN mission.

On 16 April my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary called for UN Security Council agreement to a UN peacekeeping operation in Chad, as called for under UN Security Council Resolution 1706. We are working with the UN and partners in the Security Council to seek to address any concerns raised by the Government of Chad about the possible deployment of a UN peacekeeping force, including by sending a UN team to visit Chad. The UK and EU partners have supported a UN mission to Chad in the EU General Affairs and External Relations Council conclusions, for example on 23 April, calling for its urgent deployment.